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Published: 4/19/2017

Join SESAC at Music Biz 2017!

Music Biz 2017, the music industry's premier event, returns to Nashville for Monday, May 15 through Thursday, May 18, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. In partnership with SESAC, Music Biz is offering a reduced registration rate to all SESAC Affiliates and Publishers.  First time attendees may register a discounted rate of $249 via the registration link.

Join us for the following panels that have SESAC representation.

Music Policies During The Trump Era

Date: Monday, May 15

Time: 11:45am – 1:00pm

Description: Considering that the positions of the Trump administration on copyright and royalty issues are largely unknown as he takes the highest office, this discussion between PROs, politicians and industry professionals will shed some light on what the industry might look for from them moving forward. The panel would address the possible Trump perspective on hot button issues such as the status of the PRO consent decrees, streaming royalty rates and the royalty courts, Fair Play Fair Pay, copyright act revisions, and more.

Moderator: John Beiter (Partner, Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC)

Speakers: Dennis Lord (Exec. VP of Creative and Business Affairs, SESAC), Marsha Blackburn (U.S. Congressman, 7th District of Tennessee), Jacqueline Charlesworth (Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP), Todd Dupler (Sr. Director of Advocacy & Public Policy, The Recording Academy/The GRAMMYs),Julia Massimino (VP of Global Public Policy, SoundExchange)


Be Your Own Publisher

Date: Thursday, May 18th

Time: 10:00am – 10:50am

Today’s music industry landscape and new technology have allowed artists and musicians to find success completely independently, from recording to distribution to promotion. Until recently, however, independent songwriters (including artists, bands, and producers who write their own songs), labels, managers, lawyers, and others could not collect the music publishing royalties their compositions earned without a publishing deal. We’ll walk through the benefits of being your own publisher and the resources independent songwriters and their agents can utilize to make it happen.

We’ll briefly discuss the basics of music publishing and the different types of royalties and sources of revenue songwriters should exploit. Then we’ll dive deeper into what a songwriter needs to do to make sure they’re set up to collect everything they are owed, and how exactly a service like Songtrust, CD Baby Pro and others can help. Then we’ll discuss ways that independent songwriters can get the coveted “creative services” they want, without giving up creative control to a publishing company.

Joe Conyers III (VP of Technology & GM, Downtown Music Publishing/Songtrust)

John Raso (Sr. VP, Client Relations, Harry Fox Agency), Jon Bahr (VP, Music Publishing, CD Baby), Robert Clement (CEO/Co-Founder, Songspace),